LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nurse Kelly's office is a busy place, but thanks to a new health program at Vinton Elementary, the school's absence rate is lower than normal.
"Everybody had schools close due to flu our average attendance rate is running 92-94 percent," said Nurse Kelly Bol.
Nurse Kelly credits their high attendance record to the FLUency program. The program provides free smart thermometers to parents and staff at the school. The thermometer is connected to an app. Once the child's temperature is taken the information is anonymously sent to Nurse Kelly to let her know how many kids and what grade have a fever or are sick.
"When you submit it, it will show you how many kids are sick in your child's grade level," said parent Christina Nziramasanga. "So he's in second grade so if I submit it, it will tell me how many kids are in second grade."
The program also allows nurse Kelly to send out information to parents if she notices any trends in the data she receives.
"Say I've got 8 kids out in third grade with strep that's a significant number so I can send an email or a text message through the program through the portal to just third-grade parents," said Nurse Kelly
Parents say the smart thermometers help them remember important health information if their children are sick.
"You don't have to jog your memory and be like oh I don't remember what time I gave them medicine or what their temperature has been running. The record is just all right there," said Christina Nziramasanga parent.
Even though this flu season has been bad, Nurse Kelly says the FLUency program has helped parents and staff be more informed.
"It's made everyone more aware and made taking your temperature kind of addictive," said Kelly.
Vinton elementary was qualified for the program due to its Title one status. This is the second year they have been able to provide the free thermometers to parents and staff.